Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is a documentary that explores the role of the person or persons responsible for overseeing all areas of writing and production on a television series and ensuring that each episode is delivered on time and on budget for both the network that airs the show and the studio that produces it. In this perceived Golden Age of television, shows are now enthralling audiences the world over in the way that Hollywood feature films once did, and there is an increasing curiosity about the individuals that make that possible. The film features J.J. Abrams, Hart Hanson, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D. Moore, Joss Whedon, Terence Winter and J.H. Wyman, among others.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Ronald D. Moore (who is currently the showrunner on the hit Starz drama series Outlander) talked about what made him want to become a showrunner, marrying the business side with the creative side, the funniest network experience he had over a script, when script notes can be most effective, knowing when to walk away from something that just isn’t working, getting the job writing for Star Trek, and the strange experience of killing off his childhood hero. He also talked about how many Outlander episodes are typically in some stage of development at the same time, how the demands of Outlander compare to the shows he’s done in the past, what he learned about the show while doing Season 1 that he will apply to Season 2, and just how much attention he pays to what’s being said on the fan sites. Check out what he had to say after the jump.